Machinists and machine operators have become harder to find in recent years. Apprenticeship programs, training grounds for machinists that are typically four years (or 8000 hours) in length, have been curtailed or eliminated by many businesses, and a push for high school students to attend four-year colleges, rather than to pursue a trade, has decreased… Read more »

If you’re a baby boomer (born between 1946 and 1955), you probably don’t need to be reminded that your days in the workforce are winding down. Many of you are already retired, and it’s starting to leave a void in businesses that have been counting on you for your leadership. A new generation of leaders… Read more »

Like most managers, you probably find hiring entry-level workers to be a frustrating process. For one thing, you’ll likely have to sift through a lot more applications and resumes than you would for positions that require more skills and training. And for another, you won’t have much to go on since entry-level applicants don’t have… Read more »

In today’s job market, skilled trades are more valuable and in-demand than ever. Skilled trades often provide workers with stable and rewarding employment for the entirety of their careers. Learn more about why you should consider a job in a skilled trade. What is a skilled trade? A skilled trade is a hands-on job where… Read more »

You’ve received that much-anticipated call: the invitation to a job interview. It’s not an offer, but at least you’ve been given the opportunity to state your case for that open position. You’re ecstatic – and rightfully so. But now you’re in the company’s lobby on the day of the interview, and those good feelings have… Read more »

Don’t believe everything you hear when it comes to temporary work. Some people assume all temporary jobs result in lower pay and unsatisfying work. Others think that temporary positions never lead to full-time employment. But these misconceptions are just that: misinformation. There are a number of great benefits of taking on a temporary position. And… Read more »

According to a survey published a few years ago in Canadian Living, Toronto is among the happiest cities in Canada. That may be true, but does that mean you are happy at your job? Not necessarily. People throughout the area — some unhappy at work, others fairly content — are contemplating changing jobs for any… Read more »

Woody Allen once said: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Funny, but true! Although an employee’s experience and education are invaluable to a company, employers are increasingly looking at other factors — called work ethics — to describe their outstanding workers. And showing up, which includes being at work on time, coming to work… Read more »

There’s a lot of stress that comes with your first day on your new job. You want to make a good impression, but it’s hard to look confident when you don’t even know where the restrooms are located. The combined pressure and excitement of starting a job can be overwhelming, but you can reduce the… Read more »

What you say at work can have far-reaching ramifications. Future promotions and long-term friendships can be affected by what you talk about even in situations where the conversation is nothing more than small talk. It’s important that you avoid topics that could shine an unfavorable light on you and cause others to reconsider their relationship… Read more »